Thursday 9 May 2013
Herb Garden 2013
It came later than usual this year, but some very decent and warm weather has finally graced Toronto. The weather all last weekend was amazing. This is my absolute favourite time of year. Last Sunday my friend I went for a walk to take advantage of the weather and stumbled upon an Asian convenience store with a small garden center out back. Our walk turned into a spontaneous gardening project. I picked up and planted these bad boys. Ten different varieties of herbs plus two spinach plants. They're a little crowded but they'll do me just fine. Clockwise from top left, I have the spinach, oregano, cilantro, mint, sage, parsley, green basil, purple basil, rosemary, thyme and lemon thyme. It is going to be an outrageously tasty summer. I'll be sharing lots of recipes featuring these herbs. The spinach will be fantastic too.
You may have noticed that they are imprisoned in a fence of chicken wire. That's because I live in the city's Greektown which has many raccoons and squirrels. If you don't live in an area that has squirrels and raccoons you may lean towards the opinion of them being cute or charming. Trust me, they are nothing but ravenous vandals. So far the chicken wire has worked at keeping them at bay. Wish me luck.
I've only had them for four days but they are doing great. They've already grown since I planted them. I'm so proud. They are like my little, edible children.
Having an herb garden is a great investment for the home cook. It's the best way to have aromatic, healthy flavours at their freshest at your disposal. You can grow as little or as many as you want and you need no place more sophisticated than a window sill to keep them.
You should get on it. Just sayin'!